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Pantry Cooking

Philip and I are cleaning out our pantry/freezer, and eating what we have. I’m not sure we’ve ever done this in our life together. It’s been good, but creativity become necessary as food is eaten up. Right now, I making a soup containing veggie stock, onion, jalepeno, cumin, garlic powder, salt, black beans, mashed baked potatoes, and chicken sausage. I feel confident in my own cooking abilities that I’m not scared of the challenge to create new things to eat; it’s just easier to buy ingredients and cook something I know.

Since becoming a stay at home mom (SAHM), our pantry has been filled with more staples, not just 7 boxes of cereal and cake mixes. My go to place for pantry staples is Aldi. Their canned items aren’t any different than name brand, and they’re much cheaper. These are the items we keep in our pantry:

  • Green Beans
  • Tomatoes (sauce, crushed, paste, and sometimes Rotel)
  • black beans
  • refried beans
  • white beans
  • rice
  • pasta
  • oatmeal
  • stocks (veggie and chicken)

We do keep applesauce, but we go through it very quickly (especially when we don’t have fresh produce around). We also have pork and chicken in our freezer (and beef, if it’s on sale). We picked lots of strawberries last spring/summer, so those are on-hand for quick smoothies or jam on bread.

What are some items in your pantry? Do you have any go to pantry recipes?


Super Bowl Food

Every Super Bowl, I get a little teary-eyed because it signals the end of the football season. But, as I bid farewell to the game of football for 8 months, I celebrate with great food. Usually, my family orders pizza and relaxes in the comfort of our own home. This year, we continued relaxing at home, but we tried 3 new recipes: Soft Pretzels by Alton Brown, a take on the Spinach Queso from J. Alexander’s, and Andes Creme de Menthe Marbled Brownies (the recipe on the back of the Andes Mints Baking Chips bag).

I followed the recipe exactly for the soft pretzels and the brownies.

I changed a few items for the spinach queso. Instead of Velveeta, I used pepper jack and monterey jack cheeses. I also used chopped spinach instead of creamed spinach. The store was out of jalepeno peppers, so I used 1 can of diced green chiles. I didn’t add the tomato, but I will add it the next time. I also added some milk to smooth out the consistency.


The soft pretzels were YUMMY! Definitely making them again.

Soft Pretzels (Before)

Soft Pretzels (After)

The spinach queso was very good. It was a little thick, and it needed something (maybe tomatoes). I’m glad I used regular cheese and chopped spinach. I’ll make this again too, but with a few changes.

The brownies were also delicious. The baking chips melted on top and created a chocolate shell of deliciousness!

Andes Creme de Menthe Marbled Brownies

Overall, we were very satisfied with the snacks of choice!

What were some of your favorite Super Bowl foods?

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